D. A. Points

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D. A. Points
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Darren Andrew Points
Born (1976-12-01) December 1, 1976 (age 37)
Pekin, Illinois
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Windermere, Florida
Career
College University of Illinois
Turned professional 1999
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Web.com Tour 4
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T38: 2013
U.S. Open T69: 2008
The Open Championship T32: 2014
PGA Championship T10: 2011

Darren Andrew "D.A." Points (born December 1, 1976) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years and amateur career[edit]

Born and raised in Pekin, Illinois, Points attended Pekin High School,[1] and the University of Illinois, where he was a third team All-American. Points won the Illinois State Amateur Championship in 1995, 1998, and 1999. He lost to Tiger Woods in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur in 1996. Points turned professional in 1999.

Professional career[edit]

Points played on the Buy.com (later Nationwide) Tour from 2001 to 2004 and won three events: the 2001 BUY.COM Inland Empire Open, the 2004 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic and the 2004 Pete Dye West Virginia Classic. He earned his PGA Tour card by finishing second on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2004. He played on the PGA Tour in 2005 and 2006, but dropped back to the Nationwide Tour for 2007 and 2008. At the Miccosukee Championship in 2008, he holed his second shot from the fairway on the last hole on Sunday with a wedge and ended up winning in a playoff over Matt Bettencourt for his fourth career win. He finished 16th on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card for 2009.

Points had his first successful year on the PGA Tour in 2009. He recorded four top-10 finishes, including a third place finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship en route to a 66th place finish on the money list.

In February 2011, Points won his first PGA Tour title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He finished two strokes ahead of American Hunter Mahan, aided by an approach shot on the par-five 14th, which he holed for an eagle. He also won the pro-am portion with amateur partner Bill Murray.[2] The victory helped him finish 37th on the money list, his best career finish to date. Points led the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship by one stroke over Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler going into the final hole of the tournament. He bogeyed the hole and they went to a sudden death playoff. Fowler won the playoff on the first extra hole with a birdie.

He won his second title on the PGA Tour in 2013 at the Shell Houston Open, sinking a 13-foot (4 m) putt on the 72nd hole to save par and win by a stroke.[3]

Points has been featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Amateur wins (4)[edit]

  • 1995 Illinois Amateur
  • 1998 Illinois Amateur, Legends of Indiana Intercollegiate
  • 1999 Illinois Amateur

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 13, 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 63-70-71-67=271 −15 2 strokes United States Hunter Mahan
2 Mar 31, 2013 Shell Houston Open 64-71-71-66=272 −16 1 stroke United States Billy Horschel, Sweden Henrik Stenson

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2012 Wells Fargo Championship United States Rickie Fowler, Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy Fowler won with birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T38 CUT
U.S. Open T69 DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT T32
PGA Championship DNP DNP T16 T10 CUT T40

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 2 15 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 1 (six times, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Points puts up a 65 in Pebble Beach Pro-Am". Journal Star (Peoria, Illinois). Associated Press. February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "D.A. Points wins first PGA Tour title". ESPN. Associated Press. February 14, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ "D.A. Points triumphs at Houston". ESPN. Associated Press. April 1, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 

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